Chūbu Centrair International Airport (NGO) is the main airport serving the city of Nagoya in Japan, and is also a major gateway to central Japan. It was hence named “Centrair” as it is commonly called the Central Japan International Airport. Nagoya is the capital of Aichi Prefecture in the central Chūbu region of Japan and the third largest incorporated city in Japan. NGO is built on an artificial island in Ise Bay, Tokoname City. The city’s location in the centre of Japan has helped it to develop economically with many Japanese companies such as Toyota, JR Central, Noritake, and Brother Industries based out of Nagoya. NGO is one of Japan’s busiest airports, not only serving millions of passengers each year but also serving cargo flights for the region’s manufacturing companies such as Toyota. The airport has one main terminal shaped like a “T”, with the northern side of the terminal serving domestic flights and the southern side handling international flights. There are at least 3 daily direct flights per day connecting Hong Kong to Nagoya operated by Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Express, and All Nippon Airways (ANA).
The airport is located about 40 kilometres south of Nagoya. To get to the city centre, the train is the fastest and most convenient option. A one way journey by Meitetsu Railways between the airport and Nagoya Station costs ¥870-1230 (approximately HKD 55-80). Meitetsu Nagoya is adjacent to JR Nagoya Station (Shinkansen high-speed trains for connection to other cities) as well as the Kintetsu local trains and the Nagoya Municipal Subway.Bus service by Centrair Limousine connects Chubu Centrair International airport to Meitetsu Bus Center in Nagoya station, Sakae, Fushimi, and some main hotels (e.g. Hilton Nagoya, Nagoya Kanko Hotel etc.) downtown. Fares are ¥1200 (approximately HKD 75) for adults and the journey will take 1.5 hours. Taxis are also available from the pickup point on the first floor of the Access Plaza, but are extremely expensive. The Taxi Information Counter is located on the second floor of the Access Plaza. Depending on your destination, the taxi fare into the city will costs approximately ¥15,000 (HKD 950) and take an hour. Do note the road connecting Centrair to the mainland will require tolls (approximately ¥2000 or HKD 125).
Nagoya was developed as the castle town of the Owari, one of the three branches of the ruling Tokugawa family during the Edo Period. Although much of the city (including historical buildings) were destroyed during the 1945 air raids, visitors can still appreciate the serenity of the Atsuta Shrine, the regal beauty of the reconstructed Nagoya Castle, and history of Osu Kannon Temple. Visitors can also head to the Tokugawa Art Museum, which is built on the grounds of the Owari's former feudal residence and features a large collection of their treasures such as samurai weaponry and traditional Japanese art. Next to the museum is Tokugawa-en, a beautiful Japanese landscape garden with a large pond at its centre. Travellers keen on engineering will also appreciate the SCMAGLEV and Railway Park (railway museum of Central Japan Railways) and Toyota factory tours and museums.
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